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  • Sun, May 13 2018 7:34 PM

    oil cooler

    I know oil is the life blood of any engine. And oil does not tolerate heat.  Is an oil cooler a smart addition or just an expensive gadget. 

  • Sun, May 13 2018 10:11 PM In reply to

    • Ironhead
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    Re: oil cooler

    bob - first, welcome to the forums - what part of the country are you from and what are you ridin'?

    I have an oil cooler on my Ironhead (looks something like J&P Part: 126-860 - i don't have any of the tempature controls to automatically permit access to the cooler - I have a little cover that i can pull on and off depending on the tempature (i.e. early spring, late fall).

    Is one needed?  I don't think it hurts and depending on where and how you drive it may be very bennifical. 

    have yoiu looked at using synthetic oil?

    Ironhead

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  • Mon, May 14 2018 4:32 AM In reply to

    Re: oil cooler

    Using synthetic oil.  live on gravel road so I was concerned about rocks hitting and damaging cooler,  Have always worried about cooling of rear cylinder in slow traffic

  • Mon, May 14 2018 4:58 AM In reply to

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    Re: oil cooler

    bob - if you are worried about slow traffic, I would look at one that has a fan - help to force air through.  there is also a fan system (replaces the horn) - "love jugs" I think they call it - I have run into a couple of people who had them and liked them

    for the gravel road, if you had a small "bag" that you could slip over the cooler for while you are on the gravel - the engine wouldn't run any hotter than it does now.

    The one I have sits on the left downtube, as close to the neck as I can get it

    Hope this helps

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  • Tue, May 15 2018 11:20 AM In reply to

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    Re: oil cooler

    Bob, get a dip-stick with a thermometer , they have them here. If you are running over 200 degrees consistantly I would recommend a cooler. Synthetic may drop the oil temp a bit...

    FX

    Don't force it, get a bigger hammer.

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